The St. Catherine Police have launched a major manhunt for armed thugs who invaded the home of Karl Samuda, Industry, Commerce and Investment Minister and Jamaica Labour Party General Secretary.
Gunmen reportedly terrorised workers and Mr. Samuda’s sister-in-law, who were at the St. Catherine property at the time.
They made off with a 12 gauge shotgun and an undetermined amount of ammunition.
Mr. Samuda has expressed outrage at the invasion of his home.
“I got a call at about 2 o’clock to say that two gunmen invaded my home, held up my helper and forced her to take them throughout the house. One of them held up my sister-in-law who was at a cottage next door.
“The gunmen forced workers who were there to cut open a safe and they stole a 12 gauge shot gun and about four packs of 12 gauge cartridges and generally ransacked the entire house and left,” Mr. Samuda said.
The senior ranking member of the Bruce Golding Cabinet was unable to say whether the attack may have been triggered by the government's crack-down on organised criminal networks across the country.
“It's just a serious assault on me and my home, my relatives and staff. We have to drive the fear of God into every gunman who carries a gun so that they will understand that to hold an illegal gun is to subject themselves to the most severe punishment that this country can render,” Mr. Samuda heard telling RJR News in an interview.
Hmm, maybe now the strong measure will continue in fighting crime as it’s closer to home. Ordinary Jamaicans have been dealing with this kind of home invasion for ever.